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Wines of Great Britain

The parent organisation of the regional associations, including the SWVA, is "Wines of Great Britain", shortened to WineGB. WineGB aims to promote the English  and Welsh Wine industry and to represent wine growing and wine sales issues with government, local government, tourist organisations, trade associations and internationally. It also provides a forum, opportunities to meet and information for its members and runs the primary national wine competition for GB wines. It is  constituted as a limited company. The current Chair is Simon Robinson, of Hattingley Valley Vineyards in Hampshire. The Vice Chair is Peter Gladwin of Nutbourne Vineyards in Sussex. The President is HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Wine GB has a small staff: Chief Executive David Parkinson; Marketing Director Julia Trustram Eve; Membership and Operations Manager Jo Cowderoy; Finance Officer and Company Secretary Mags Gilbert.

WineGB was formed in September 2017, the result of a merger of our former parent organisation the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP), a marketing organisation serving larger producersA new combined website is currently under construction (Spring 2018). Meanwhile information about our industry and details of how to join are still on the UKVA website>> (use this site also for industry support, technical information, wine quality schemes, set-up advice, organisational news etc) and members can also use the EWP Website>> (covers sales events and marketing information, information for the media,  trade tastings, English wine news, English Wine Week) .

WineGB runs:

  • Members' Email Forum: The UKVA ran a well-used e-mail forum for members, allowing any member to raise a matter of concern and quickly get responses from others with experience of the problem. This is still in operation pending the new WineGB website. You have to be a member to participate.The email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Information: A regular News Bulletin is distributed to members by e-mail, normally monthly and a twice yearly magazine The Grape Press, is distributed by post.  Urgent notices are also sent round by e-mail.
  • Quality Wine Schemes. Wine quality control to meet EU regulations is administered by Defra.  WineGB is the Recognised Industry Body sponsoring  the Quality Schemes for England and Wales. These encompass English and Welsh Wine PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and English  and Welsh Regional Wine PGI (Protected Geographical Indicaton) classifications. Details are on the UKVA Website here>> together with a list of UK wines currently holding PDO and PGI status.
  • Pesticide advice: WineGB empoys expert advice to monitor the availability of pesticides that have on-label approval for vines and to obtain off-label approvals where important chemicals would not otherwise be available to growers.  The UKVA publishes annually its ‘green book’ of such approvals, free to members, giving growers clear guidelines for the safe and legal use of currently-approved pesticides.
  • Annual Awards. The official national industry wine competition is organised by WineGB, sponsored by Waitrose, Hotel du Vin and Country Life magazine. The conpetition is judged inearly summer and anawards ceremony is held at a prestigious location
  • Occasional Industry Symposia attracting international speakers and an annualmeeting open to all members.
  • Members'area  -  on the UKVA website, including  planning advice, grant advice, access to the legal framework and statutory requirements for producing, labelling and selling alcoholic beverages, back numbers of Grape Press and news bulletins, the UKVA's earlier work on a sustainability strategy designed to enable members to make operate successfully without compromising the quality of life for future generations. (In 2011 the UKVA commissioned a benchmarking report on the current economic, environmental and social sustainability of the UK wine industry, with support from the EU-funded DEFRA rural development programme. This report is also available on the website.) 

  • Membership services, provided either directly by projects such as the vineyards map or through organisations that WineGB is affiliated to, including the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, National Farmers Union, Country Landowners Association.
  • The St George"s Day trade tasting in London. Available for any member to exhibit at for a fee.
  • English Wine Week in May. Your events will receive publicity on the national (currently EWP) website free of charge.

WineGB is also a member of related organisations, including the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), the NFU and the Confederation of European Independent Winegrowers (CEVI). All WineGB members are eligible for free legal advice through these organisations. WineGB fosters close relations with the Worshipful Company of Vintners, one of the twelve original city livery companies. Vintners Hall is in Upper Thames St in the City of London and provides a spectacular venue for selected WineGB events. Vintners' Hall has a few rooms for overnight accommodation that are available to WineGB members at very reasonable rates. 

Membership of the Regional Association / WineGB  is voluntary, but growers should not to take too casual an attitude to membership. Those who do not join are being carried by those who do. Unless WineGB can claim to represent a large part of the industry, it risks being ignored in the negotiations where our future is at stake.


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